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Amendment XXIII (23) to the Constitution, proposed by Congress on June 17, 1960, and ratified by the states on March 29, 1961, gave DC the right to vote in presidential elections. It now has three electoral votes, the same as Montana, Delaware, Vermont, and several other small states.

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When the Constitution was ratified, there was no city of Washington. After the capital moved there, the city grew but it was many years before DC had an appreciable permanent population. The vast bureaucracy of government workers, military personnel and lobbyists now living in Washington is of relatively recent vintage. Also, a large number of ex-slaves had no place to go when the Civil War ended and so came to DC for relief.

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What non-state has electoral votes?

The non- state with electoral votes is the District of Columbia (DC)

Where does the extra three electoral votes come from?

Washington D.C.

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